Wendy feels guilty that her children witnessed her abuse.

 

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Overcoming Guilt
Wendy, another guest, tells Martha she escaped an abusive marriage, but she still holds onto feelings of guilt for what her kids went through. "My children saw—especially my oldest son—he saw my husband constantly beating me. He saw my husband burn me with a cigarette," she says. "I have two beautiful boys who have probably seen more than their share of what they needed to see, and it's just kind of difficult looking at them every day."

Wendy says she stayed in the relationship for so long because she thought it was the best thing for her children. "For so long, I felt something had to be wrong with me, like I'm attracting it," she says. "And I look at my oldest son—who is remarkable, I couldn't be more blessed—and I see the unforgiveness in his eyes, and it kills me because I know as his mother I want to protect him."
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